“Classic Bike Live” Peterborough October 28/29th 2017 – report

This October saw the club displaying at “Classic Bike Live”  for the second time (it’s in fact only the second time this show has run, does that make us “founder members”?). Originally we had asked of space for 13 machines, although in the end we had for various reasons 12 in total,  with 10 on show each day – two were displayed Saturday only, but being replaced by two different machines on Sunday. 

At first we thought there was going to be a problem as the space marked out for us was too small, we could not have got half of our machines into it. All turned out OK as it happened, the chalk marks on the floor were from a previous event that had not been properly cleaned off, so in fact we ended up with plenty of space.

Attendance at the show itself was a bit thin, better on the Sunday but that at least meant everyone was able  to see everything  easily without pushing or shoving. Of the trade show/jumble, the jumble was virtually non existent, and just how many cheap tool merchants do you need? Also some of the clubs were placed in a somewhat remote hall which some people never even found, which is not likely to encourage them to return.

That said there were plenty of bikes to see, some interesting people to talk to and even a few thing to buy, so all in all not a bad couple of days out.

Machines displayed :-

Racing Velocette, Aermacchi *, BSA B29, Wall AutoWheel, Norton Commando, BSA M24, Egli Vincent, Norton Model 40, Silk 500, Silk 700, Triumph Trident, Moto Guzzi V65 *

* Guest Machines

Photos show a general view of the Club’s display.

Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)

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Rideout – Sand and Motorcycles (Leighton Buzzard) Sunday September 24th 2017 – Report

A total of 17 BMRCO members and guest riders gathered in sunshine at The Red Lion and enjoyed a meandering route to “On Yer Bike” at Westcot where we regrouped. The Ducati dealership appeared to be open with hordes of bikers gathered in the carpark. A more direct route was then taken to Leighton Buzzard.

One of the guest riders was riding a 1929 600cc fore-and-aft Douglas complete with hand change and manual oil-pump. 

The bikes ridden to the “event” included a variety of new and shiny bikes of all descriptions as well as a goodly collection of interesting old nails.

Thanks Bob, Rod and Mark for organising….

 

(NOC) Cafe Racer Day Saturday September 16th 2017 – report

A few images taken at the annual Cafe Racer Day organised by the Oxford Branch of the NOC and this year held at The Red Lion in Cassington.
Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson (The Frame Man) kindly judged and presented the prizes for Best Cafe Racer (Featherbed framed Triumph Trident engine) and Furthest Travelled Cafe Racer (Norton Atlas – Southampton).
The “winning” bike was a true masterpiece incorporating an abundance of specially designed and self made components.
Bikers turned up from many parts of the UK either to enter their bike or simply to attend. This is the 5th year the event has been held and will almost certainly take place next year at the same location.
Many thanks to Janice Bowerman-Faulkner of The Red Lion for hosting the event, members of the Cassington Sports and Social Club for manning the bbq and dispensing coffee and tea and to Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson for gracing us with their presence, judging and presenting the prizes.
The number of attendees was down on previous years, no doubt due to the weather forecast but the 60 or so present all enjoyed the day.

15 BMRCO members turned up and thoroughly enjoyed the event. 

Mark the event in your diary for September 2018.😉

Rideout – Sand and Motorcycles (Leighton Buzzard) Sunday September 24th 2017

Members – our next ride-out, weather permitting, will be to the “Sand and Motorcycles” annual event at leighton Buzzard on Sunday September 24th.

This has grown from a minor meet at a steam train location into a large and popular event – those that attended last year thoroughly enjoyed the day.

For more details check this link http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/events.html 

Those interested gather at The Red Lion to leave at 10.30 am. Plenty to see and a nice ride to the event.

Questions to ride co-ordinator Mr Bob Hunter

 

NOC Cafe Racer Day – Saturday September 16th 2017 – a reminder

Members – please be advised of the following event.

“For some years now the Oxford Branch of the Norton Owners Club has hosted a Café Racer Day in September – this year it is being held on Saturday September 16th 2017 at a new venue, The Red Lion pub in the middle of Cassington village (OX29 4DN). This venue is well known for its annual Bike Night to which literally thousands of bikes turn up in June. Cassington is just off the A40 Witney road, west of Oxford, east of Eynsham.

Café Racer Day officially starts at noon, and wraps up around 3 p.m with a short prize-presentation for Best Bike and Furthest Ridden café-racer. A very catholic view of what constitutes a café-racer is taken, broadly defining this as a bike with handlebars that end up below the top-yoke, but even that’s not rigidly adhered to if the rest of the bike conforms to what most view as café-racer style!!

There is no charge for entry or admission, but there will be a collection for the Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance Service or similar ‘bike-oriented’ charity. If you have a café racer your’d like to bring along, ridden or by van / trailer matters not, or if you’d just like an outing to view some lovely customised and highly individual bikes, just come along and enjoy. Come alone or with friends, bring the family, come by bike, car, pushbike, walk or use public transport, we’re easy!!

For more information, view the NOC website ‘events’ section, and the Oxford Branch page http://oxford.branches.nortonownersclub.org/cafe-racer-day-….”

 

ES2 for sale….

Members – the following machine is up for sale…..those interested please form an orderly queue. 

Engine and Frame numbers match, Thorspark electronic ignition. New carburettor and complete clutch. Gearbox re-bushed. Recent exhaust system and front tyre. New Batteries (2x 6V wired in parallel), replacement headlamp, levers, cables and rear mudguard. 

Starts and runs. Needs a few tweaks here and there. Gearbox/Clutch needs adjustment. Brakes work to old British bike standard, leaks oil when stood for any length of time.

Various surplus parts and tinware included in sale.

Please contact Al W on a Monday evening –  his asking price is very reasonable.

 

Great Bucks Steam and Vintage Fair – August 5/6th 2017 – Report

Last Saturday and Sunday saw the Great Bucks Steam and Vintage Fair held at Shabbington near Thame.

Unlike some of the other Rallies this one does not attract that many motorcycles, but none the less a few club members attended with their machines.

For the most part the weather played fair apart from a short thunder storm on Saturday which saw the rally field empty and the beer tent fill up. Of the two days Sunday had the most exhibits, cars and bikes, although not that many more.

Steam, Stationary Engines, and Commercial  Vehicles as per norm but also something not so often seen a display of heavy horses complete with their carriages, carts and implements. A fairly easy  going sort of affair and a pleasant  ride out.

Photo show the line up of bikes and the other “real” horse power.

Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)

NOC Cafe Racer Day – Saturday September 16th 2017

Members – please be advised of the following event.

“For some years now the Oxford Branch of the Norton Owners Club has hosted a Café Racer Day in September – this year it is being held on Saturday September 16th 2017 at a new venue, The Red Lion pub in the middle of Cassington village (OX29 4DN). This venue is well known for its annual Bike Night to which literally thousands of bikes turn up in June. Cassington is just off the A40 Witney road, west of Oxford, east of Eynsham.

Café Racer Day officially starts at noon, and wraps up around 3 p.m with a short prize-presentation for Best Bike and Furthest Ridden café-racer. A very catholic view of what constitutes a café-racer is taken, broadly defining this as a bike with handlebars that end up below the top-yoke, but even that’s not rigidly adhered to if the rest of the bike conforms to what most view as café-racer style!!

There is no charge for entry or admission, but there will be a collection for the Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance Service or similar ‘bike-oriented’ charity. If you have a café racer your’d like to bring along, ridden or by van / trailer matters not, or if you’d just like an outing to view some lovely customised and highly individual bikes, just come along and enjoy. Come alone or with friends, bring the family, come by bike, car, pushbike, walk or use public transport, we’re easy!!

For more information, view the NOC website ‘events’ section, and the Oxford Branch page http://oxford.branches.nortonownersclub.org/cafe-racer-day-….”

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Founder’s Day – Sunday July 23rd 2017

After a very wet Saturday and poor weather forecast for the Sunday, it was with some trepidation we set off for Founder’s Day. Would anybody turn up? Would the area be a sea of mud? In the end however we did not need to worry, after some rain on the journey up and a little more once we had arrived, happily after the gazebo was erected, the weather took a turn for the better becoming a pleasant morning and afternoon.

There was some confusion when we first arrived, as although the organisers knew we were coming they had not allocated a space. On previous occasions we had a space around the main ring, this time it seemed they were just “winging” it. Having rejected their first offering as being too small, the next was not a lot better but we took it and then promptly extended it as there was nobody next door.

All in all seven machines turned up for display, ranging from pre to post war, the van providing space as a helmet store, while the gazebo complete with table and chairs, the members rest area.

Not only the various club stands to visit, a “bikes for sale” area and a large auto jumble to peruse, were all there to enjoy. Also during the day our membership secretary took one renewal and signed up a new member.

Thanks to all those who helped to erect the gazebo, club banners etc. (and helped to take it down again after) and riders for bring their machines.

Machines present were 500 Silk, 29 BSA, 48 Royal Enfield, Norton Atlas, Pre-war new Imperial and last ( but definitely not least) a pair of Triumphs

Photos :- Ken Drinkwater.

Words :- John Lay

Combe Mill – Classic Wheels Day – Sunday July 16th 2017 – Report

On Sunday July 16th  Combe Mill had their beam engine in steam as well as the workshops, gardens etc open to the public.

As a special additional attraction it was also Classic Wheels Day and BMRCO had been invited to display our machines. An area had been set aside for us and by 10 O’clock some 14 machines were in attendance. A couple more machines and a 3 wheel Morgan turned up later as well, all in all a good turn out.

Members were able to inspect the engine, workshops and other exhibits and were even treated to free tea and/or coffee.

Thanks to Alan Elger for organising the invitation.

Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)